Mohave County sheriff's deputies located two children, 9-year-old Cali Herrera and her 6-year-old brother Frankie around 1pm Sunday and arrested the children's mother and another man without incident.
31-year-old Jennifer Simmons and 46-year-old Raymond Bowen were charged with mulitple counts of kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, endangerment, assault and burglary.
Saturday evening the pair forced their way into the Mohave Valley Equestrian Center, where the children were staying with three other siblings. Andrea Smith runs the center and told 12 News she had been taking care of the kids since last week. "April 30 I got a call from a neighbor who said the kids are abandoned," said Smith. "I said, 'who's with the kids?'. They said 'no one, they have no food, they're hungry, they've been there a couple days.'"
Smith said she, her daughter and the kids were getting ready to watch a movie Saturday night when Simmons arrived. Smith said after Simmons pushed her way into the house, Smith's daughter stood in front of the children and tried to fight her off. Meanwhile, Smith said she saw a man coming up the driveway and grabbed her rifle. "I said, 'you're the only thing standing between me and my kids and my daughter and I said, if I have to shoot you to go through you I will,'" said Smith. "And he said, 'well I got one of those in my car.' And that's when I shot and it whizzed right over his head." Smith said Simmons walked outside the house, using her son Frankie as a shield. Simmons was able to grab Cali and kidnap both children.
A statewide Amber Alert was issued shortly afterward. By midnight investigators suspected the children and their kidnappers were on foot. Sunday afternoon sheriff's deputies found them in a home in Mohave Valley. The children are now in the custody of Child Protective Services. Be sure to watch 12 News for more on the story.